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School Community unites to Fork Cancer
At 42-years-old, Tara Graham-Cochrane faced a deadly enemy, breast cancer. This is why she has decided to say a big fork you to cancer and host a Longest Table!
Tara was diagnosed with aggressive breast cancer in November 2019. Luckily, she discovered her lump early and after chemotherapy, surgery and radiotherapy, she is now cancer free.
“If it wasn’t for research advancements over the past five years my journey would have been vastly different. I had HER2 breast cancer which now has a direct treatment to specifically stop this type of cancer,” Tara said.
“As a result of my diagnosis, I encouraged all of my friends over the age of 40 to get screened. This caught another three women in my circle in the early stages of breast cancer. They too are on the journey to being cured.”
With this motivation, Tara organised a dinner with 40 of her close parent group from her children’s school, Crafers Primary School. From the night, the group raised an incredible $1,280!
“I hosted a Crazy Wig Party Dinner! We wanted to lift everyone’s spirits and what better way than wearing a crazy wig! Our menu was a three-course meal where each couple brought either an entrée, main or dessert to share,” Tara said.
“We had a prize for the best wig and also a few games including a coin toss and raffle with all donations going towards The Longest Table.”
Tara says a future free from cancer would mean the world to her and her family.
“It would mean that I would no longer have to be looking over my shoulder in fear of my cancer returning!”